Sunday, 31 July 2011

Lovely Couture!!

Just popping in to share a card I have created for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 58 and CR84FN35 Colour Challenge....

Here is the sketch created by the lovely Kelly Schirmer....

and colour inspiration over at CR84FN Color Challenge Blog.....

and here is my card....

WMSC58 CR8FN35 You're Lovely

I stamped the top part of the background using one of the images from "Dainty Doilies" in Memento "London Fog" grey & Stampin Up's "Certainly Celery" ink. For the bottom part I stamped PTI's text-style stamp in Lavender ink onto grey paper.
I stamped another doily image in grey ink onto grey patterned paper and then trimmed and made into a little pocket shape.
I used the absolutely gorgeous dress-makers dummy image from Waltzingmouse's "You're Lovely" stamp set onto cardstock and then stamped the bodice and skirt onto some Lavender Guide Lines Paper - as I'm limited in lavender paper shades I decided to print out some of the free "try before you buy" Sneek Peek Pieces available at Papertrey Ink. I also got inventive and made my own decorative pins using pearl headed pins and some glass beads from my stash.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

Helen x


Stamps: You're Lovely, Dainty Doilies - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Text-Style - papertrey ink
ink: Memento - London Fog; Certainly Celery & Lavender Lace - Stampin Up!
Cardstock: Lavender Lace - Stampin Up!; White - the paper mill; grey scroll patterned paper - Pink Petticoat
Green Rose -Websters Pages "Bloomers"
Other: sewing machine, Button, ribbon - Lavender moon- PTI; Certainly Celery - SU!; Sheer lavender wired organza from stash!!!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY..... two very special people celebrating their 45th "Sapphire" Wedding Anniversary. Wishing you both a wonderful day x

I didn't quite manage to find anything Sapphire like, but at least the card's partly blue!! heehee. I'm hoping they won't mind

Sapphire Anniversary

Sapphire Anniversary Close-Up Sapphire Anniversary Bow

Back later in the week to share some other little projects.

Have fun!!


Stamps: Dainty Doilies, Big Day Additions - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Versamark ink, White Embossing Powder - SU!, London Fog - Memento Ink
Embellishments: Flower Centres - Websters Pages; Pale Blue Silk Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl
Card: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain - PTI

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Just the ticket:- Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 57

Its a beautiful summers day here in Oxfordshire and I have been playing along with this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge....

Here is the fab sketch, created by the lovely Julia Aston.....

and here is my take on it....

Just the Ticket - Celebrate your Day

Just the Ticket - Celebrate Your Day 2

Just the Ticket - Celebrate Your Day close-up

...a lot happening on this card...I stamped the top pink border using Versamark ink and one of the scrolls from Waltzingmouse Stamps - Vintage Labels 5. I also used Versamark ink on the Kraft background piece using a flower image and then stamped the rest of the background using those beautiful botanical images from Papertrey Ink's "Life" stamp set in cocoa shades & added a touch of glitter (any excuse!!). The sentiment is from Dawn McVeys beautiful Signature Greetings stamp set over at Papertrey Ink.
When I saw the sketch for the first time I immediately thought "tickets" for the images along the bottom. The little ticket images I've used are a little hard to see (due to my lousy photographic skills) but they are very cute in real life. They are a free download courtesy of "Little Miss Cutie Pie" and I simply printed onto cardstock, cut them out, distressed a little using Antique Linen distress ink and then used a perforation tool in an attempt to make them look a little more authentic. LOL!!
The flower is made using some white felt and I just layered two sizes of flower, gathered them up slightly by running a straight stitch close to the centre to give them a little more depth.

I have to say that this card really isn't what I had in my mind AT ALL when I started, but sometimes that's the fun bit - experimenting and seeing what comes of it!!

Wishing you all a wonderful warm & sunny week

Helen x

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 56

Julia Aston has provided us with a wonderful sketch for inspiration this week over at the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge blog.

Its been quite a while since I last took part in one of these and almost as long since I last made something.....I've missed it...and glad to be back in a creative frame of mind again :)). I used my favourite stamps and my favourite flocked papers and even did a little fussy cutting around the leaves and flowers ;-)

What prompted this sudden urge to make something?? Well, it's nearing the end of the school term for my 5 & 7 year old boys and I wanted to at least try do something a little special for their teachers to show our gratitude.

So, first I set to work making a card....

Thank you Kindly bird WMSC56

then a mug....then a candle!! LOL!!

Bird Card, Candle & Mug WMSC56

I love the little birdie image from the "Sewing Box Hugs" stamp set and I also love the simplicity of the image on the mug and candle. I really think they are cute homemade gifts - and the best bit is that they cost me very little to make - a fraction of what it would cost to buy them in a little shop.
I know this technique of transfering stamped images is probably 'old news' in the crafting world now, but it's new to me and I just absolutely love it - dare I say a little addicted to it???

Well, I hope you've enjoyed what you have seen and I hope their teachers will like them too!!


Stamps: Sewing Box - Hugs, Fancy Phrases - Waltzing Mouse Stamps; Fancy Flourishes - PTI
Printed Flocked Papers: La Creme Mat Stack - DCWV
Ink: Stazon-Jet Black; Stampin Up-Basic Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Tea Dye;
Spellbinders - Fancy Tags; Labels 4 Dies
Cream Cotton Lace - from stash, Kaiser pearls, foam dimensionals, Tombow multi-purpose glue & roller glue.